Interview with ERC President Pat Perry

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In a 2014 interview, Pat discusses the dynamics of work, family, and the leadership role in today's business world. The following pages include Pat's responses to many of the HR trends he sees emerging, as well as his comments about what the New Year has in store.

If you could snap your fingers & instantly change 3 typical company policies, what would they be?

"That's an easy one! The three I would immediately change in the workplace are...        

  • Eliminate probationary periods
  • Refine bereavement leave policies
  • Refine the traditional use-it-or-lose-it PTO

"These are the first that come to mind.  These types of polices were designed decades ago and really do not play well for today's top performing employees," explains Pat.
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How Top Companies Approach Training & Development

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How Top Companies Approach Training & Development

To get the best, grow the best and keep the best employees in today’s global economy, employers must invest in their best. Of course, investing in your employees can mean practically anything, from compensation to luncheons; but let’s take a look at what making an investment means in the context of training & development.

Top Employers, Top Talent

There is no better place to start than with the best- the best 99 employers in Northeast Ohio that is. Last year’s NorthCoast99 winners report that in 2012, they provided an average of 47 hours of training to their employees on the whole and 69 hours of training to their top performers. These training hours account for an average annual expenditure of $1,494 per employee and $2,339 per top performer.
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Trends in HR Technology

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Trends in HR Technology

Storing, securing, and using confidential information is an important task in HR, and technology can be a useful tool in maintaining this information and using it to aid decision-making. This article will cover different types of HR technologies, tips in choosing an HR technology, and trends with HR technologies.

Types of HR Technology

A Human Resources Information System (HRIS) is a database that allows employers to track and report various employee-related information. Employers can usually customize the system to their organizational needs, identify and add specific modules, and activate features associated with each module.
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Implementing HR Technology: Is Everyone Really Doing It?

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Implementing HR Technology: Is Everyone Really Doing It?

As is the case in every aspect of our lives, technology plays a major, ever evolving role in the world of HR.

Whether it’s figuring out how to leverage “big data” to improve your workforce planning or simply master the latest mobile application for job postings, keeping up with the latest and greatest HR technologies is an ongoing challenge. Even if you are a computer whiz, not only does every new high-tech system and process have a learning curve, but depending on you’re the demographics and culture of your organization, the next big thing, may not always be the right thing.

To illustrate this point, we take a look at how Northeast Ohio organizations are integrating, planning to integrate, or not integrating some of the better established HR technologies into their workplace practices from recruitment to retention.
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Workers Compensation Best Practices for Employers

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Workers Compensation Best Practices for Employers

By utilizing workers’ compensation best practices employers can achieve a higher level of control over their workplace injuries, which can result in reduced severity and claim costs and better outcomes.

Early Reporting & Transitional Work

Early claim reporting is a crucial first step in controlling costs.  Numerous national studies have shown the longer it takes for a claim to reported, the costlier the claim.  That’s why it’s important to work with an Ohio Managed Care Organization (MCO) that has efficient options for reporting new workers’ compensation claims.  These can include fax, telephone, online or email reporting.
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2014 HR Compliance Guide

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2014 HR Compliance Guide

We’ve developed an easy guide summarizing what your organization needs to know to stay compliant as it begins the New Year. The guide includes a summary of several regulations that take effect as well as important legal issues on the horizon.

Regulations that Take Effect

Below are several major regulations and initiatives will take effect January of 2014.
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Resolutions & Regulations: Incentivizing Your Wellness Program

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Resolutions & Regulations: Incentivizing Your Wellness Program

The start of a New Year guarantees two things in the workplace: (1) lots of new regulations to learn about and comply with in HR and (2) lots of New Year’s resolutions to get healthy among your employees.

In 2014 these two certainties are closely intertwined as new rules for employer wellness programs are among several ACA related regulations now on the books as of January 1, 2014. So with many of your employees undoubtedly working hard on their New Year’s resolutions, and HR working hard to keep up with the regulations, now is a great time to take a look at what types of wellness related benefits organizations are offering in the region and how these programs need to be structured moving forward.
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Leader Development: A Growing Concern and Priority for Employers

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Leader Development: A Growing Concern and Priority for Employers

Leadership development is among employer's top priorities and concerns in the workplace today. A 2013 survey conducted by The Conference Board and Right Management concluded that organizations are expected to spend 37% more on leadership development in 2014.

Many employers are concerned over a potential lack of talent to fill future leadership roles, and are putting practices in place such as succession planning and leadership development programs targeted toward young people, high-potentials, and emerging leaders to address those future gaps.

Below is a quick summary of two key areas in which the approach to creating leadership development programs is evolving.
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2014 HR Compliance Timeline

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2014 HR Compliance Timeline

This 2014 HR Compliance Timeline is meant to be a helpful tool in identifying and remembering important dates for HR professionals. You can also download a printable PDF version of this compliance timeline.

Due Date Compliance Requirement
January 1, 2014 Ohio Minimum Wage change takes effect
January 1, 2014 New defined benefit/contribution plan limits take effect
January 1, 2014 Revised limits on health savings accounts (HSA) take effect
January 1, 2014 FSA rule dropping “use it or lose it” requirement takes effect
January 1, 2014 Health plan design requirements take effect under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
January 1, 2014 Rules regarding outcome-based wellness program incentives under the ACA take effect
January 1, 2014 Rules for applying annual limits and preventative care to defined contribution health care plans take effect
January 1, 2014 Individual health insurance mandate takes effect under the ACA
January 31, 2014 W-2s need to be issued to employees by this date; W-2s need to include cost of employer-sponsored group health care coverage
January 31, 2014 Form 940 due and Federal Unemployment Tax Rate (FUTA) needs to be deposited if owed
February 1, 2014 OSHA 300 Log (Forms 300 & 300A) needs to be posted on February 1st through April 30th
February 10, 2014 Form 940 due if FUTA deposits have been made on time
February 15, 2014 W-4 changes must be made for employees claiming no exemptions last year
July 31, 2014 Form 5500 due for calendar year defined contribution and benefit plans; Form 5500 due by the last day of the 7th month following end of the plan year for non-calendar year plans
September 30, 2014 EE0-1 reporting deadline
VETS-100/100A Form filing deadline
Deadline for distributing Summary Annual Report (SAR) to participants of defined contribution plans
December 1, 2014 Deadline for sending annual 401(k) and (m) safe harbor notice

Note: This chart is subject to change and more filing deadlines may apply for your specific organization than those listed in the chart.

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Weather Policies: Were You Ready for the Polar Vortex?

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Weather Policies: Were You Ready for the Polar Vortex?

The so called “polar vortex” that had Northeast Ohio firmly in its grip in January 2014 presented employers with weather that could unquestionably be categorized as “severe”. But the conditions resulting from sub-zero temperatures were somewhat atypical from the usual snowstorms and impassable road conditions that plague the region’s winters, prompting many organizations to question whether or not closures or delays were appropriate.

Although no formal survey was conducted on how organizations handled this most recent bout of inclement weather, a look at some of the highlights of ERC’s 2013 Inclement & Adverse Weather Practices survey report can begin to shed some light on what types of policies employers were working with when making their decisions earlier this week.
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